Thursday, 22 June, 2017

Starving Striking Palestinian Prisoners leader put in isolation

Theresa Hayes | 20 April, 2017, 06:29

The strike could also heighten Israeli-Palestinian tensions at a time of renewed attempts from United States to restart stalled peace negotiations.

As reported by ABC News, the Israeli government has no current plans to enter talks regarding ending the Palestinians' hunger strike.

According to News Chief, the Palestinian prisoners are demanding certain rights as part of their condition to end their strike. "It is to be emphasized that the (Prisons Service) does not negotiate with prisoners".

You can bet they wish they got the same treatment as the terrorists in Israeli prison. It pointed out that 210 sick prisoners have died due to medical neglect, mentioning Mohamed Al-Jallad, the latest of such prisoners, who died in February.

Various organizations are estimating the number of prisoners involved in the strike between 1,100-1,500.

They're following the guidance of Marwan Barghouti, the admitted former leader of a militia group known as the Tanzim.

Barghouti, along with Karim Younis, Maher Younis and Mahmoud Abu Sorour, were isolated and placed in solitary confinement at the Jalameh prison in northern Israel after being transferred from Hadarim Prison, located some 20 kilometers from Tel Aviv.

In Fatah's most recent conference, held in November, Barghouti was elected to the Fatah Central Committee and the Revolutionary Council, pulling in more votes than any other candidate. "We are containing the situation and monitoring its developments", he said.

Librati said that some 1,100 detainees in several prisons had announced they were going on hunger strike.

Missing from the op-ed and the Times byline was that Barghouti is in prison after being convicted of overseeing three terrorist attacks that killed five people, including a police officer and a Greek Orthodox priest.

Marwan Barghouti, a high-profile prisoner who enjoys broad support among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, called for the "Freedom and Dignity" strike.

Israeli authorities say approximately 1,100 of them are participating in the strike in eight prisons, NPR's Daniel Estrin in Tel Aviv reports, of the approximately 6,200 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.

Israeli authorities have arrested about one million Palestinians since 1948 and the subsequent occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967.

"Decades of experience have proved that Israel's inhumane system of colonial and military occupation aims to break the spirit of prisoners and the nation to which they belong, by inflicting suffering on their bodies, separating them from their families and communities, using humiliating measures to compel subjugation", Barghouti wrote in a New York Times opinion article.

People walk past a poster depicting Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, in the West Bank city of Ramallah April 17, 2017.

Palestinian inmates regularly hold hunger strikes in protest against the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions.